RELEASE DATE: 23/05/2013
RUN TIME: 2HR 10MIN
|CAST:||KATE HUDSON - ERICA|
|LIEV SCHREIBER - BOBBY LINCOLN|
|KIEFER SUTHERLAND - JIM CROSS|
|RIZ AHMED - CHANGEZ|
|PRODUCER:||LYDIA DEAN PILCHER|
Tackling a story such as this and from its chosen point of view is challenging and risky. It has to be done right, it has to be done well, and most importantly, is has to be done for the right reasons and with conviction - go hard or go home. The entire film rests solely on the performance of its leading man - thankfully, Ahmed delivers. The English-born actor masters a powerful and rich yet subtle and nuanced performance that is unfortunately let down but the filmmaker's unwillingness to contribute the same.
The complexities of the characters, story and goal create an overly ambitious package that ends up working against itself at times, leaving gaps for the message to mistakingly come across as a righteous diatribe. While all well-intentioned, it’s the energy and dramatic focus at the end of film that becomes unclear, confusing audiences as to how and why they got there.
In the early stages of production, ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ had difficulties in funding due to its story, and it found itself in a similar situation when it came to distribution - it’s these issues that could lead one to assume why the film’s storytelling boundaries weren’t bold enough, or pushed hard enough, to become the unforgettable film it needed and wanted to be.
Thought-provoking cinema plagued by uneven storytelling.